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Niger Delta militants say Lebanese hostage escaped, not freed

A militant group in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta said Thursday that a Lebanese hostage it reportedly freed had in fact escaped, and threatened retaliation against the Italian oil firm he worked for. “It was an escape hatched by (oil firm) Agip and the Bayelsa State government,” a spokesman for the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), said in an e-mail message to AFP. Full Story

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